Activities & Days Out, Days Out in Dorset, Hampshire & Wiltshire

Milton Abbas and Milton Abbey

About 45 minutes from Bournemouth, by taking the A35, you can find Milton Abbas.

It is a street that looks as if its come straight from a 1970’s chocolate box. Thatched cottages line this street that looks as if time has stood still.

There’s a lovely pub at one end of the street, The Hambro Arms serving lots of traditional pub lunches.

A short drive from the main street is the Milton Abbey school. Set in hugely impressive gardens, designed by Capability Brown, the school also houses an abbey, open to visitors at weekends & school holidays.

The abbey dates back to 934 AD, and has been renovated through the centuries by different parties. I often take visitors here, it’s peaceful & quite beautiful.


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Dionne Bell

Activities & Days Out, Beaches & Coastline, Days Out in Dorset, Hampshire & Wiltshire

Osmington Mills

This is a small hamlet, close to Weymouth.

Its the furthest of the beaches I’m suggesting to you, but it’s another that I find quite special.

Its another of the Jurassic coast beaches, its shingle and its again accessed from cliffs. Its not as much of a hike down to the beach as Durdle door, but it gets onto my list because of two things.

  • The first is the fossils. I’ve found fossils on this beach since I was a small child, so its always been somewhere I’ve enjoyed walking along.
  • The second is the pub!! We came here when I was a small child, and my brother and I would roll down the hill into the beer garden, I love watching my son do the same thing with all the other children. It seems kids have been rolling down that hill for decades!

The Smugglers Inn is a very old Pub, situated at the end of the road down to the beach. you can park up, enjoy a lovely long walk along the cliffs, head down to the beach searching for fossils or rockpool fishing and then get back to the pub for a great lunch.

They have some local information on the website too. It gets really busy in the summer because its such a great location, so book if you can. The car journey on a normal day should take you just under an hour.


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Dionne Bell


Activities & Days Out, Days Out in Dorset, Hampshire & Wiltshire

Beaulieu National Motor Museum

Lord Montagu’s family estate holds a varied & interesting collection of motor vehicles and exhibitions of all sorts.

The house is open to the public. There is an abbey here too.

Its listed as a top day out nationally, there are often offers for entrance fee discounts.

Events are held during school holidays.

Beaulieu village is a lovely place to visit too.

The Montagu Arms is a particularly nice hotel for dinner or lunch.


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Dionne Bell

Corfe Castle
Activities & Days Out, Days Out in Dorset, Hampshire & Wiltshire

Corfe Castle & Corfe Village

Corfe Castle is an old ruin of a castle. History dates inhabitants in the area back to 6000BC, the castle has a chequered an interesting past.

Events are run by The National Trust and the castle is always open to visitors. Summer events include a lot of historically dressed characters in re-enactments. These characters are often in The Greyhound Inn at the foot of the castle at the end of their day!

The village houses an Enid Blyton bookshop and a few other little shops. It gets very busy during sunny days, it’s still worth a visit.

One of my favourite places.


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Dionne Bell